Leach Pottery

Leach Pottery St Ives
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The Leach Pottery in St Ives was established by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in 1920. One of the great figures of 20th century art, Leach played a crucial pioneering role in creating an identity for artist potters in Britain and around the world.

Today, following a restoration and rebuild project which was completed in 2008, the Leach Pottery includes the historic workshop and kilns, a dedicated museum space, contemporary gallery and shop and working production studios where the new range of Leach tableware is made by a small international team of potters and apprentices. A new education and research space is being developed on site with support from Cornwall Council and Heritage Lottery Funding.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

March - October

Open every day

10.00 - 17.00, Sundays 11.00 - 16.00

November - February

Open Monday - Saturday

10.00 - 17.00

Last admissions to museum 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25 & 26 December

Admission charges

Adults: £4.50
Concessions: £4.00Under 18s: Free if accompanied by an adult
Members: Free

Additional info

Production studios on site where tableware is made. This is available for sale through the shop, mail order and through other high quality outlets

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Joanna Wason

  • 28 March — 23 May 2015 *on now

Many of you will know Joanna through her long involvement at the Leach Pottery which dates from 1988 when she was invited by Janet Leach to be her personal assistant and which continues today through her work in our gallery and museum. You may well remember the beautiful exhibition of Janet’s life and work that Jo curated and presented at the Pottery in 2010 and still more of you will have seen and admired her distinctive bottle vases, bowls and yunomis which we regularly display in the Leach shop and which she now makes from her studio near St Just alongside her distinctive ceramic sculptures.

This new exhibition of close to 100 works, is a chance to see a substantial collection of work by one Cornwall’s most significant but rarely exhibited potters, showcasing the sheer breadth of Joanna’s output. It includes porcelain, stoneware and slipware pieces and figurative sculptures. Her elegant, long necked porcelain pots are wheel-thrown and finished with the muted colour and naturally occurring surface detail of white or ash glaze while her bolder, stoneware pots are thrown, slab built or formed over ‘hump moulds’ and fired with an ash or iron glaze. Her richly coloured, functional slipware is finished with a warm honey glaze and includes bottles, bowls, platters and Japanese yunomis. Contrasting the functional nature of her pottery are Joanna’s well known figurative sculptures; inspired in part by the tradition of Mycenaean sculpture, they are originally made in clay, before being cast in bronze or iron resin.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free to exhibition only. Entry to Museum £4.50 (£4 concessions)

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Mark Griffiths 40 Years

  • 30 May — 11 July 2015

The Leach Pottery St Ives presents a celebratory exhibition of work by Shropshire based potter Mark Griffiths to mark his 40th year as a professional potter. Mark set up his first workshop in 1975 with the help of a New Craftsman Grant awarded by the Crafts Advisory Committee, and began his career making domestic stoneware. In 1982 he relocated to Shropshire and set up home in a redundant village school, where he established his current working studio, kilns and pottery showroom.

Known as a ‘big ware’ thrower, Mark continues to make high-fired stoneware in between commissions for large scale garden pots, and over the last twenty years has created hundreds of outdoor pieces for historic venues such as the Powis Castle estate and Hampton Court’s spectacular formal gardens.

In this, his first ever solo show at the Leach Pottery, Mark will showcase both his large, standalone pots and smaller domestic ware. The unifying focus of the collection is one of ‘bold form’, of strong shapes created in a variety of ways, usually thrown in one piece or multiple sections before being altered, or slab built, and decorated with a brush and oxides or by cutting through wet slip to reveal the clay beneath. Mark's interest in making pots that reflect a sense of ‘place’ continues to influence his selection of clays, glazes and firing methods, and native wood ash, granite dust from local quarries and found materials such as ochre and iron slips from local pools and stream banks are included in his glaze recipes.

‘I feel incredibly privileged to have spent forty years making pots, often more by luck than judgement. It has been, and continues to be, a huge challenge to make pots that please both me and others, and I still feel that the pots that reach out and make the whole task mean anything are still to be made’. Mark Griffiths

To introduce the exhibition, Mark will hold a throwing demonstration at the Leach Pottery’s Beagle Cross site on Friday 29th May, 1 to 3pm. Contact office@leachpottery.com to reserve your place.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free for exhibition only, £4.50 (£4 concessions) to visit the museum

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Emmanuel Cooper - Connections & Contrasts

  • 12 June — 6 September 2015

Dr Emmanuel Cooper OBE, 1938-2012, was a distinguished craftsperson, curator, writer, teacher and broadcaster. His pots are represented in numerous public and private collections, both in the UK and overseas. He authored nearly thirty books and was the founder and editor of one of the world’s leading craft magazines, Ceramic Review. For over a decade, Emmanuel Cooper was visiting Professor of Ceramics and Glass at London’s Royal College of Art, and a regular broadcaster on television and radio. He was appointed OBE for his services to art in 2002.
His skills, first honed through the production of repeat domestic tableware at his London workshops, were increasingly expressed in the more nuanced making of individual artistic pieces. His glazes, surfaces, and forms, speak of the urban environment, from deeply textured detail to soft vibrant colours often accentuated with the addition of subtle gold highlights.
Emmanuel Cooper’s books include acclaimed biographies of Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, David Leach, and Janet Leach. He also wrote on the history of pottery, and contemporary ceramics, and published a series of technical books on glaze practice that have become the go-to manuals of many workshops and studios. His contribution to ceramics was hugely significant, both to makers on a personal level and to the wider public-standing of the genre. Interest in his work has increased significantly over the past three years.
The Exhibition
Between June and September 2015, we will present a major exhibition of Emmanuel Cooper’s ceramics in our Cube Gallery. It will be a fitting recognition of Emmanual’s place in the story of studio ceramics and a timely return to the gallery where he curated the first exhibition that marked the re-opening of the Leach Pottery, as a musuem, in 2008.
Emmanuel Cooper: Connections & Contrasts will examine his work and career in the context of Leach, especially his relationship to Bernard Leach which began with a speculative letter from Emmanuel, in 1967, and turned full-circle, in 2003, with the publicaiton of Emmanuel’s detailed biography of Bernard. Indeed, Emmanuel became the chronicler of the wider Leach family of potters with books on both David and Janet, making him a central figure in the recent Leach story.
A further connection can be found in the philosophical influence of Bernard’s A Potter’s Book, which guided Emmanuel’s early practice and production towards making domestic pots in the urban environment of London. There were many contrasts too, as shown, for example, by the way that Emmanuel side-stepped overtly making in the Leach 'tradition'. Emmanuel favoured a more metropolitan and Scandinavian aesthetic led by experimentation with glazes and surface decoration, ultimately resulting in the production of his trademark surfaces and glazes, sometimes textured, often colourful, but always reflecting the intensity and contrasts of the urban environment.

Admission

£4.50 (£4 concessions)

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Claydays

  • 26 May 2015 10:30-11:30am, 2-3pm
  • 27 May 2015 10:30-11:30am, 2-3pm

Join us at the Leach Pottery for hands-on creative clay making activities for children and adults to enjoy together. Ages 6-12, £6 per workshop or £5 for multiple bookings (adults free). Only 12 places per workshop so booking and pre-payment is required to secure your place. For further details contact 01736 799703 / office@leachpottery. com, Sponsored by the Little Parc Owles Trust.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£6 per child, £5 for multiple bookings

Leach Pottery
Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack
St Ives
Cornwall
TR26 2HE
England

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Website

www.leachpottery.com

E-mail

office@leachpottery.com

Telephone

All enquiries

01736 799703

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